The scandal surrounding defrocked pastor, and alleged serial sex predator, Tullian Tchividjian has once again taken a new turn. Julie Anne Smith and Brad Sargent have undertaken a further four-part series looking at a number of continuing issues surrounding Tullian and his many alleged abuses.*
Below, I have offered a brief excerpt from each post, and a link to the full material. I want to draw special attention to the first post, as it runs parallel to the other victim’s narratives that have already been made public, and follows much the same pattern.
October 2013 – He reached out to me on Twitter.
October 2013 through February 2014 – Constant emails and texting – sending songs and his books.
February 2014 – Visited with him.
March 2014 – He told me on the phone that he “could marry me today without ever needing to know another thing about me.”
May 2014 – I spent a special occasion with him.
November 2014 – Was the last time I saw him in person.
January 2015 – I told him he needed to go back to [his wife] Kim for good and allow her to be his “pastor and best friend.”
February – March 2015 – I received sporadic texts and phone calls – and I was hopeful a little.
April 2015 – He called me when he returned from NYC to learn of Kim’s affair.
April through the end of May 2015 – He called me almost every day – talking about how he needed a plan – needed to get divorced but only if he knew he could find a woman to marry right away.
July 2015 – He stopped calling and texting.
February 2016 – He called for the first time since July. I told him I despised him and never to call me again.
March 2016 – He called to tell me “they” had found out about another woman. But, it wasn’t me so don’t worry.
August 2016 – The last call I accepted because the number was blocked. He called to tell me he wanted my advice on how to reconcile with Kim. That’s the time he said, “I don’t know if I ever loved you, but I do know that I used you.”
A representative from David C Cook contacted me right after Tullian Tchividjian left us. I told the gentleman that our Session had considerable concerns about Mr. Tchividjian’s honesty with us. We didn’t know as much then, but – even so – we were sufficiently concerned. The representative ended the call with me, saying that they were going to go ahead [with publishing his next book]. I was very surprised, to say the least.
Specifically, the representative asked if Mr. Tchividjian completed his care plan with us. I responded that he did so, at least outwardly, but that we later concluded he deceived us during his time with us and misrepresented key facts that put us at a considerable disadvantage. At the time the representative called, we only knew about Mr. Tchividjian’s disclosure of the 2014 affair. We didn’t know the fuller extent of the situation. I was cordial but clear with him.
Either way, it seems more than reasonable to conclude that his personal life belied his public persona and broke any “moral turpitude” clause in any of his contracts during the periods of his book negotiating, contracting, writing, publishing, and/or promoting of at least One Way Love, and potentially others of his books that were still in publication
I cannot imagine a Christian publisher not having a moral turpitude clause. This important legal clause would protect them in case an author committed some crime or moral behavior that caused financial harm to the publisher. David C Cook could recoup any money paid to Tullian Tchividjian if he failed their moral turpitude clause. Surely infidelity and lying would be part of that.